Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fight the Fat

Yes, it's cliched. I am trying to get my "body after baby" back in shape. But unlike the celebrities featured on US Weekly (argh), I do not have a personal trainer, thousands of dollars to throw at liposuction, or an affinity to subsist solely on lettuce for the next three months.

So I had some ice cream last night. So what?

Anyway, I've never really been "fit" to be honest. There was the one year in high school when I played volleyball. Running all those sprints whipped my ass into shape, that's the truth. But after that, I kinda fell off the wagon.

Then rolled several miles downhill.

When I got pregnant, I had just begun a weight loss plan with Mike to get us back into shape. I'd lost twelve pounds when I had to stop abruptly to, you know, feed the baby and all that... Mike went on to lose 50 pounds. I went on to find 25. At least we still achieved a net loss, right?

Anyway, I swore up and down that when the baby was born, I was getting into shape. I would fit into my high school uniform again! (If I can find it...) Putting baby weight on top of being overweight was a real strain on my tendonitis-ravaged ankles and knees. Plus, I felt like a whale. I'm sure all pregnant women feel like whales, but instead of feeling like, say, an orca, I was relating more to the blue whales of the world. My bone structure just can't take it.

But then, Ellie spent all that time in the hospital and I was subjected to two meals a day (at least) of hospital food. Yum. My mouth said yes to all those cheeseburgers. My metabolism said it was time to hibernate for winter.

And now I'm back where I started. Most of the baby weight is gone, since breastfeeding burns extra calories. But I'm not breastfeeding anymore. Still, since I'm not eating at MGH anymore, I think it's a win-win.

So on Friday I started a Wii Fit routine. I'm trying to eat better, impose a little structure to my days at home, and get moving once in a while. We're talking family walks in the afternoon, and Mike is not a friendly personal trainer. Yesterday, he made me climb the stupid giant hill in our complex twice. If you haven't seen it, it's a mountain.

I hated him for about an hour.

But the good news is that I'm feeling good. I'm actually having fun with this and I really hope that's enough to keep it going. I'll keep you posted as things progress. Fingers crossed for my first weekly weigh-in next Friday!


Amy Mead said...

Good for you, Steph!! Try not to feel discouraged... it's not just you... it is actually REALLY hard, especially when you have a newborn and your life, and routine, are all over the place. I gained 40+ pounds when I was pregnant with Cam and then didn't lose an ounce of it before I got pregnant with Grady. I decided that when Grady was born I was losing that weight for sure but I also knew that if I tried to do anything too hard I would give up. So... I eat smaller meals, try not to snack (if I want a cookie I have a cookie, but only one cookie), and try to get a little exercise every day. Now that the weather is nice I try to go for a walk every day and when the weather was cold/crappy I did the Wii Fit. I also weigh myself every morning. I used to think that was a bad thing but now I know that it helps me because I always know where I'm at and if I see my weight go up for a day or two I don't worry about it but if it goes up for 3 or 4 days it's just a small adjustment to get back to where I was. It's really worked and now it's not so much of a "diet" as my every day. I feel great, enjoy the walking (gives me time to de-stress and forces me to put everything down for a few minutes), and I still eat what I want but in moderation so I don't feel like I'm being "deprived". Long story short... I know it's hard but I'm totally rooting for you!! :)

The mom of 4 monkeys! said...

Man, I am right there with you! We can do it right?!?!?!? Yes we can!!!

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